Dylan Schmorrow, Ph.D.


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Office of Naval Research


LCDR Schmorrow is serving in the Information Processing Technology Office at DARPA as a Program Manager. In this role, he manages the Augmented Cognition (AugCog) Program, the Control of Agent Based Systems (CoABS) Program and four cognitive systems exploratory efforts. AugCog is developing and demonstrating novel brain-machine-symbiosis technologies to augment human cognition and performance. CoABS has developed and is demonstrating techniques to safely control, coordinate and manage large systems of autonomous software agents. Additionally, he serves as a Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research and manages Science and Technology programs in the Human Systems Department. The two principle programs he manages at ONR are the Virtual Environments and Technologies (VIRTE) Program and the Distributed Simulation for Warfighting Concepts (WARCON) Program. VIRTE is developing and demonstrating leap-ahead human-immersive technology for naval training and will provide realistic combat simulators for a variety of missions as a supplement and complement to live training. WARCON is employing distributed modeling and simulation, design engineering, and operations analysis to examine the relationship between warfighting concepts and the design of future weapon systems. Additional responsibilities include advising the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office on the development of modeling and simulation policy, initiatives and guidance that promotes cooperation among DoD components and maximize efficiency and effectiveness of technology investments. Additional areas of expertise include human-factors, training, safety, decision support and biomedicine.


LCDR Schmorrow received a commission in the U.S. Navy in 1993 and completed naval flight training and earned his Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychology wings in April of 1994. He initially served at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Warminster, Pennsylvania from 1994-1996 as both a branch head of the biomedical support branch and an acceleration research project officer in the crew systems department. During this time he deployed to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in support of Deny Flight and Provide Promise Operations in the Former Yugoslavia. He was subsequently selected and served as the John G. Jenkins Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Cognitive Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA from 1996-1998. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Scientist for Human-Technology Integration in the Information Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1998-2001. He currently chairs the Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Groupís Navy Caucus and is the Navy Representative to the International Applied Military Psychology Symposium. Academic training includes graduate study at Western Michigan University and the Naval Postgraduate School. He holds a Ph.D. and four masters degrees.


The web links for Augmented Cognition Program: http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/research/ac/index.html and http://www.augmentedcognition.com

The website for CoABS Program: http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/research/coabs/index.html

The website for VIRTE Program: www.virte.org